2010 Travel Meme

As seen at Silver Fox’s excellent blog, here is a summary of all my 2010 trips (loosely defined!)

All my travel was local, but wow, what an awesome year…


We spent Christmas and New Year at my sister-in-law’s up near the Sun Peaks ski resort, in the interior of British Columbia. Here’s Mr E Man on a snowmobile:

Sun Peaks, January 2010


Why travel anywhere when the whole world came to Vancouver for the Olympics?! Here we are celebrating my birthday at the Canada-Norway men’s hockey game:

Canada Hockey Place, aka GM Place, aka Rogers Arena, February 2010

My good friend Mermaid did travel during the Olympics – all the way to Whistler, to watch the ski jumping, luge, and other events. She very kindly contributed a guest post to my blog, which I say counts for this meme:

Mermaid in Whistler, February 2010


A group of us from work went down to San Diego to meet our collaborators, a few days after the Canada-USA gold medal hockey game. We may have mentioned it a few times per hour.

A couple of weeks later it was my turn to head to Whistler, to watch some Paralympic downhill skiing:

Winter sports are dangerous! Whistler, March 2010


I don’t seem to have gone anywhere in April. Oh well. I’m sure I had a good time anyway.


We took my parents on a road trip to see Mr E Man’s sister and her family in Kamloops, on to Whistler (where we were lucky enough to spend an hour watching a family of bears hanging out in the lane behind our condo), and then to visit Mr E Man’s Mum on the Sunshine Coast:

Whistler (again), May 2010


I went to Seattle.

On my bicycle, mofos!

250 km. Too painful for photos, apparently, although there are some stills in the video at the link above.


We started our five day kayak trip in Desolation Sound. It was the best trip yet…

Desolation Sound, July 2010


…and therefore worthy of two photos (the trip ended in August, so this is all good):

Curme Islands, Desolation Sound, August 2010

A couple of weeks later we went to a music festival in Cumberland, over on Vancouver Island:

Big Time Out, Cumberland, August 2010

and spent as much time as we could escaping the heat by drinking cold beers in the nearby river:

Somewhere near Cumberland, August 2010


Back to the Sunshine Coast, for a family wedding (SO. MUCH. FUN!)

Halfmoon Bay, September 2010


Back to San Diego, for another meeting with the same collaborators.


Um. Does White Rock count? (Just barely, I’d say – it’s very close to home, but we did stay overnight in a B&B, for reasons relating to predicted and actual drunkenness):

White Rock, November 2010

I also had a staycation, which was fantastic.

Vancouver, November 2010


Back up to the Sunshine Coast, for a big happy chaotic family pre-Christmas party, complete with a multitude of nephews, dogs, and remote control helicopters.

No other travel to report for December… although my blog moved. Does that count?


It really was an outstandingly excellent year. It’s going to be hard to top it… but I’m gonna try! Mr E Man and I are planning a trip to the UK in May, and I hope to meet up with my Occam’s Typewriter co-consipirators, and assorted other blog buddies, which will also be superawesomesauce.

Consider yourself tagged for this meme if you’ve blogged about a trip you took during 2010!

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8 Responses to 2010 Travel Meme

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  2. Silver Fox says:

    These are great, happy photos! One doesn’t have to go far to have a lot of fun and good adventures. And surely a blog move counts as travel. 🙂

  3. bean-mom says:

    It does sound like a splendid year, Cath. (and biking to Seattle will be hard to top!) Love the picture of the crab, by the way. We passed that museum in Vancouver, and although we did not go in, I was quite impressed by the crab sculpture. Um, is there any particular significance to it?

  4. ricardipus says:

    Two words:


    That is some journal of impressive and fun trips. And biking Vancouver – Seattle… I am still in awe.

    I could jump on this meme, but it would be a lot shorter, and very boring, so I won’t. I’ll just live vicariously through your 2010.

    Happy 2011 Cath!

  5. Bob O'H says:

    Pah! Well, I went to Leeds this year.

  6. cromercrox says:

    Wow, Cath – you should submit this post to whoever promotes tourism for BC. I remember following your canoe trip in July with envious eyes. It looked like so much fun. I travelled quite a lot in 2010. In January I went to SciOnline2010 in Boraville. In March (or maybe it was April) I was in Toronto , and at various times I was in Paris, London (a foreign trip for me) and even Uruguay, though the most awesomely awesome trip was to China in May. Looking forward to finally FINALLY meeting you at last in 2011.

  7. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    Thanks, Silver Fox! I think we both live in beautiful places – very different from each other, but with the common theme that if you can’t/don’t want to travel far, you can still see some amazing places!

    Bean-Mom, I’m really not sure – I was soaking wet and freezing when I took the photo, and wasn’t inclined to go and read the plaque!

    Maybe we just like our statues-of-marine-animals-outside-museums in Vancouver (as in “meet me at the orca statue outside the aquarium”!)

    Ricardipus, it’s not a competition, but if it was, clearly Bob Henry won 🙂

    Thank you very much, though! It was a great year. I find it hard to believe I actually managed to finish that bike ride… it feels so long ago now, and unfortunately I’ve lost much of the fitness I managed to build up!

    Happy 2011 to you too!

    Bob, didn’t you go to York and London, too? You should blog it!

    Henry – wow, you really need to do this meme! You got more variety than me!

    I do sometimes wonder why no-one from Tourism BC’s offered me a sponsorship deal yet 🙂

    I can’t wait to meet you and all the other watercress munchers in May!

  8. Silver Fox says:

    If anyone else blogs this meme, please add a link here or at my blog, and I’ll put you on the list!

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